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Private Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara

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    What to Expect
    Go kayaking in Santa Barbara, beginning your kayak tour at Santa Barbara Harbor or Leadbetter Beach, depending on your selection at booking. Meet your private instructor for a safety briefing and receive kayaking instruction according to your skill level. 

    Slip on the provided life jacket (and wetsuit if it’s chilly), then climb into your stable, top-of-the-line vessel and set off on your 1.5- to 2.5-hour private kayak tour of the Santa Barbara coastline. Choose from four different routes of varying duration and difficulty (see options in Itinerary below); your very own guide will tailor the speed of paddling to your preferences and customize commentary according to your interests.

    You’ll appreciate the natural beauty of Santa Barbara from the water, including cliffside vistas and views of the Santa Ynez Mountains as your informative guide details Santa Barbara's history and attractions.

    When your kayak tour is complete, each route loops back to its departure point.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Stearns Wharf, West Beach, Santa Barbara, CA
    1h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Kayaks
    • Life jackets
    • Local guide
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • You will be meeting your guide at West Beach which is located on the beach directly across from the Harbor View Inn Hotel (28 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara). You will see our blue rental flags, white equipment shed, and stand up paddle boards and kayaks.
    • Children ages 5 to 11 years must be in a tandem kayak with an parent or guardian regardless of skill level
    • All persons must be able to swim
    • Please remember to bring your swimsuit and towel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Most travelers can participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    The description and pictures in Trip Advisor suggested this would be a real adventure up the coast and even exploring some caves. In reality, it was a tour around the harbor. Emily was nice and very helpful but having a private guide was probably not necessary for this milder
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    Response from Mitch H, Manager at Private Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara
    Responded 22 Aug 2019
    Thank you for the feedback Brad. Glad to hear that the kayak tour was relaxing and beautiful. The caves that can be explored are 26 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara on the islands and an all day event. We as a company don't do any tours through caves out there. I'm guessing you we're looking at a description from another tour company on Trip Advisor? I've checked our descriptions on Trip Advisor and can't find a mention of caves anywhere. If you do see it please message us as we would definitely want to edit that. That tour would of also be 4 times the cost as well from the companies that do them. Our kayak tours are leisurely tours along the coast of Santa Barbara. Also, we offer private tours at 11am and group tours at 1pm. For anyone that wants just there group going the 11am tour is the way to go as it's the private tour. With the 1pm tour as it is a group tour and others can sign up it may just be you or it can be another couple groups of varying abilities. If anyone in that group is struggling a bit our guides are taught to give them a little more focus just for safety purposes. Apologies it took away from your group a little bit. Hope your family enjoyed Santa Barbara and we added to that. thanks Brad!
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    Liam was our guide and gave us a beautiful tour of the harbor, despite the fog. He shared history of the area and accommodated our paddling pace. Would definitely recommend this tour!
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    We went out with Liam a guide, 2 teens and me in 2 double kayaks. Relaxing trip, not pressured to go at a pace. Saw some sea lions on a buoy and a couple of birds. Pleasant trip with a bit of local information. Always nice to be on the water and see the town from the water. We
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    Response from calcoastadventures, Manager at Private Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara
    Responded 3 Aug 2019
    Hi Gerrard, We're glad you enjoyed your Santa Barbara Kayak Tour experience. Kayaking is a relaxing and unique way to explore the wonderful Santa Barbara waterfront. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit.
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    The tour was super relaxing and so much fun! Emily was our tour guide and was super fun, chill and easy to talk to. My friends and I had a great time and would definitely do it again!
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    Response from calcoastadventures, Manager at Private Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara
    Responded 16 Jul 2019
    Thanks Elise! So cool to hear that your kayak tour guide Emily made the adventure so fun and smooth. Hope to get you kayaking more in the future! safe travels!
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    Great experience with great tour guide! Emily was awesome! She was attentive and very helpful throughout the whole tour. Extremely friendly and also advised us on some places to visit in the area!
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    Response from CalCoastTeam, Manager at Private Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara
    Responded 18 Jun 2019
    Thanks Ricardo! Emily has been leading kayak tours for us for years and it is no surprise that she showed you a helpful and friendly paddle through the Santa Barbara harbor. Hope to see you on your next travels!
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